Index

Here’s an alphabetical list of links for software that has been mentioned on this site. I’ll try to update this fairly regularly, but starting on the home page of this blog might be better for recent posts.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, remember that some software was lumped together on pages that usually started with the word “Bonus,” particularly if it was semi-working or required eccentric hardware arrangements. Enjoy. ;)

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0verkill: Thirteen years after
2048.c: And everything in between
2a: Quick and simple archiver
Advanced Copy: Sorely needed, for a long time
AudioPreview: Despite your best objections, cool
Bonus screenshot: A fistful of terminal applications
Bonus: A dozen more remainders
Bonus: A dozen more remainders
Bonus: A dozen more remainders
Bonus: A dozen remainders
Bonus: A massive missive of omission
Bonus: And so D goes
Bonus: Back up in your BrainCurses with the resurrection
Bonus: Closing the Cs, and a confession
Bonus: D is for Debian
Bonus: E was for easy
Bonus: F is for finished
Bonus: G is for gone
Bonus: H is for has-been
Bonus: I is for implemented
Bonus: J is for just finished
Bonus: K is for kiboshed
Bonus: L is for last words
Bonus: M is for mopped up
Bonus: Missing … presumed having a good time
Bonus: More dead soldiers
Bonus: N is for no more
Bonus: O is for over and out
Bonus: P is for pushing up daisies
Bonus: Q is for quietus
Bonus: R is for released
Bonus: S is for squashed
Bonus: T is for terminated
Bonus: The framebuffer is your friend
Bonus: The honored dead
Bonus: The sounds of silence
Bonus: Tying up loose ends
Bonus: U is for used up
Bonus: V is for vanquished
Bonus: W is for washed up
Bonus: What’s left of the Bs
Bonus: X is for extinct
Bonus: Z is for zapped
Bonus: fbff, fbpad … and fbpdf too
Bonus: slmenu, and some seriously wicked console wizardry
Bonus: twin, bigger and better than ever
CAVEZ of PHEAR: Flashbacks to the 80s
Coherent PDF Tools: PDF power at the CLI
Liberal Crime Squad: Too much to tell
Microsoft Word 5.5 and WordPerfect 5.1: Say what?!
Midnight Commander: The industry standard
NetworkManager: I have been mistaken
NoPriv.py: A clever e-mail backup
Open Cubic Player: So much awesome all at once
The Command Line Murders: No, it’s not an application
XaoS: Off to a good start
Zork I: The classic, having aged somewhat
aafire: You knew this was coming
aajm: Conspiracy theories abound
abcde: As simple as that
abcm2ps and abcmidi: Coolness I didn’t know existed
abook: A simple and lovely address book
ack: A grep for programmers
acoc: More filter-based colorizing for the terminal
acpitool: Information, please
acripper: Does its job, in a manner of speaking
adcd: Your basic CD player
adresownik: A crash course in Polish
adventure: You have to start at the beginning
aee: Something for everyone
ahorcapy: Heir-apparent to the hangman legacy
aide: Security through meticulous checking
aiksaurus: Continuing the “A” theme
aircrack-ng: Opening networks, opening minds
album: Pictures in a show
alpine: Not the best, not the worst
alsaequal: Not omitted, by any means
alsamixer: The interface we all know and love
amulecmd: Peer-to-peer at the console
an: You’re a cheat, admit it
ansiweather: One-line weather report, with frills
antiword: You can’t deny it works
aoeui: And sometimes … why?
apg: Pronounced, “ay-pee-jee”
aphex: The tiny hex editor
apropos: What’s appropriate, at the time
aptitude: One just for the swirlies
archey3 and alsi: What all the cool kids are doing
archmage: Prettifying chm files
aria: The perfect downloading tool
arithmetic: Exactly what it says
ascii-invaders: Chaos at the console
asciijump: All but the bitter cold
asciiplanes: Akin to Battleship, but with a few issues
asciiquarium: Cheaper and cleaner than the real thing
aspell: A spellchecker at the console
atc: White-knuckle ascii drama
atool: A tool for archives
atop: A better top
audiotag: Tagging music files, in its purest form
audtty: Music, remotely
aumix: Another happy error
avidemux and handbrake: Video, sans video
aview: Let me draw you a picture
awk: Not so much an application, as a language
axel: The downloader you already know
backgammon: A better teacher this time
baker: A blogging backend for console-minded people
banner: figlet on a diet
barnowl: A fullscreen, monochrome IM client
basename: What I had in mind
bashburn: Circular reasoning
bastet: Just as infuriating as ever
battlestar: The text adventure of 35 years ago
bb: Not so much a game, and not so much an application
bbdb (and charrington): Or is it charrington (and bbdb) … ?
bc: Power at your fingertips
beav: The binary editor and viewer
beeswax: Sadly, no progress
beets: Not the veggie kind
betty: Anti-aliasing
bew: A primitive, if not effective, webcrawler
biew: Or is it beye?
binary-clock: Welcome to the geek club
binclock: Just a piece of something bigger
bing: I was better off not knowing
bion: Short and sweet
bitchx: Chat with sass
bitflu: A tiny torrent daemon
bitlbee: IM + IRC = IMIRC?
bittorrent and bittornado: The original and its mimic
bm: A console bookmark manager
bmon: Hey Ridley. …
boggle: Reaching back to a classic
boinctui: A proper text-based user interface
boxinfo.pl: What it shows
brinance: Simple command-line accounting
bs: No more pens and paper
bsod: Exactly what I was expecting
bti: I can give you no guidance
btpd: Strictly a daemon
burn: An aptly named script
bviplus: A vi-ish hex editor
bwm-ng: Flexible, smart and pretty
byobu: Now with even more tmux
caca: Tools for greater things
cadubi: Once more, because it’s worth it
caesar: Julius would be proud
cal: Hiding in plain view
calc: You knew this was coming
calcurse: Simple is best … usually
camp: An audio player with real style
camshot: You didn’t think it was possible
canfield: The solitaire derivative
canto: A practical newsreader
castlots: Dice at the touch of a key
cat: No, not the feline
cataclysm: The zombie apocalypse starts now
catdoc: Another conversion option
cbm: A color bandwidth meter
ccal: A calendar with a different view
cclive (and clive): So that’s what quvi was for
cclock: Exactly what its name implies
ccrypt: Simple encryption, simplified
ccx2: You thought audio players were done
ccze: Colorize your logs, as an added step
cdcd: With a name like that …
cdf: Useful, colorful … but headstrong
cdm: xdm, gdm, kdm … cdm!
cdparanoia: Nothing to fear
cdrtools, cdrkit and cdrskin: Untying the knot
cdtool: More than just a tool, really
cdw: A proper console application
centerim: A long-standing favorite
cfdisk: Somehow overlooked
cgames: Three-in-one fun
charm: As luck would have it
cheat, cheat, cheats and cheat: So many cheaters
checkmp3: Does exactly that
chkbk: Simpler than some others
cjots: Books, pages, notes and probably more
clacct: Multiple user, multiple account finances
clamav: The seat belt, without the car
clcal: Low-maintenance calendar display
cleanlinks: Use with caution
clex: Simplified file management
climm: A teeny tiny message client
clipf: Cryptic, but powerful
cliwiki: Needing attention
cloc: Clock your code
clockywock: Good colors, good times
clog: Custom color for logs
cloudruby: A tool of a different color
clxmms: Useful at a distance, I suppose
cmatrix: None the worse for wear
cmdftp: About as simple as it gets
cmus: Lightweight elegance
co: The command organizer
codemetre: Counting out the lines
codespell: Prevents embarrassing code
collectl: System details, in detail
colordiff: A difference in color
colorex: I might as well include them all
colorwrapper: Quite obviously, the author had me in mind
colour: Something to build on to
colout: Colorize on a whim
column: With oddly satisfying results
comm: The right tool at the right time
concalc: A much simpler calculator
conconky: A conky for your console
cone: An option for e-mail
cortex: In a very similar vein
cowsay (and fortune): Because I promised
cpat: The solitaire collection for the console
cplay: The gold standard
cpubars: More processors equals more fun
cpulimit: You figure out why
crawl: Still the king of the heap
create_ap: Something to brighten your day
cribbage: With help for the newcomers
crip: Picking up what others leave out
cron: The chronological daemon
csplit: split, but with a little more control
csv2xls: Back to the harmless and mundane
csvkit: Lots of little tools, in a pack
ctodo: See what you have to do
ctorrent: Less a daemon, more an app
curl: Your tool for accessing the great beyond
curlpaste: Not serious, but not a gimmick
curseofwar: To the delight of text-based RTS fans
cursetag: So close, and yet so far
cursetheweather: Exactly that
cut: Exactly what it says
cutmp3: More than it appears
cv: The coreutils viewer
cvlc: Surprise of the week
cwp: Not the feline, but with progress
dab: Those dots and boxes from your childhood
dagger: A quick run over covered ground
dailystrips: Gasping for air
darkstat: Making an exception again
datamash: Statistical tools for raw numerical data
date: The possibilities are endless
dateutils: Making everything better
dav: Old text editors never die
dcd: I’ll give you three guesses …
dd, df and du: Pop quiz
ddrescue: No relation to the aforementioned dd
deb2targz: Crossing the streams
dehtml: Another scraping tool
deluge-console: All the flavor, half the fat
despotify: Again, no guidance for you
detox: Cleanup crew
devtodo: Much to do, about something
dex: Does a lot with a little
dhcping: Maybe the simplest yet
diakonos: A very friendly text editor
diary: Almost functional
dict: Another great tool for writers
diction: The words you choose and why
diff: Tools to show you what’s changed
diffh: Make your diff easier to see
dirname: That slash-mark filter you always wanted
dirsplit: A hidden hero
discus: This is how it’s supposed to work
diskmoose: An example to the contrary
dmesg: An old, new, cool tool
dmidecode: Due diligence
dmpc: A client for a client for a daemon
dnstop: A little prodding, and bingo!
dnstracer: A trail for the terminal
docx2txt: The file converter you’ve been waiting for
doneyet: A middle-ground task manager
doodle: A “desktop” search tool … of sorts
doscan: Oddly enough, I get nothing
dotbot: A (dot)files (bo)o(t)strapper
draai: A wrapper for a client for a daemon
dstat: Raw data, in many flavors
dtach: Beauty in sparsity
dtrx: An extractor with an impressive repertoire
dvdauthor: Also available to you
dvtm: Sharp, clean and quick
dws: I know they’re bogus, but still …
dxcc: Exhausting my quota of exclamation points!
e3: Still my ultralightweight champion
e: Like a diamond bullet
ecasound: Looks quite powerful
echo: And an inescapable fragment of history
echoping: Another gray area
ed: The much maligned text editor
edbrowse: Be afraid. Be very afraid
efax: Could possibly be functional
ekg and ekg2: The original and its revision
ekgping: Fun, with practical application
elinks: The browser we both probably know
elmer: Pasting into the world beyond
elvis: Has entered the building
emacs: Brace for impact
empire: Another personal favorite
enpi: Making the jump to the graphical
entr: Watching while you work
epic4 and epic5: Different, yet the same
episoder: Only if you’re serious about TV
epub.sh: Me and Anders and Esko
epub2pdf: Proof of the viability of Java-based applications
erc: Depends on what you already use
espeak (and fortune): One from days past
ethstats: More raw data, for the taking
ethstatus: Pay close attention to spelling
ethtool: What doesn’t it do?
etm: A calendar in two varieties
ettercap: Use this power for good … or evil
eval: Tells the shell what to do
exiftool: One small gimmick
expand: Giving you more spaces
extraf: Not a network monitor
extundelete: When the time comes, remember it
eyeD3: A CLI music tag editor, plus
fIcy: Streaming at the console
factor: Simple tools are fun
false: Try not to be so negative
fasd: No doubt critical, for some
fbcmd: I can give you no guidance
fbless: The things I learn
fd: Old, yet new, yet old, yet …
fdisk: One that’s not from coreutils
fdupes: The perfect solution to a duplicate problem
fe: An emacs-style folding editor
festival (and fortune): Not quite from days past
fetchmail: Breaking it down into steps
figlet: Large-print edition
file: Happy 40th Birthday!
finch: Pidgin’s little brother
find: Simply the best tool out there
findimagedupes: Exactly what it says
finger: Insert off-color joke here
fkmines, minecurses, minefield and pynesweeper: Mine, all mine
fluxcapacitor: Now you have time for everything
fm: A fast mover, by definition
fmt: And the difference is. …
fold: Pretty simple, pretty cool
fonter: A classic, with side benefits
foremost: Aggressive data recovery
forkstat: Catching the small and the quick
fping: Same idea but with many targets
free: Little to say that hasn’t been said
freecell: Simple, fast, addicting
freesweep: I shall never understand
freetalk: Get your jabber on
frequency: Chat clients abound
fsniper: Despite my misgivings
ftp: The classic, in action
fttps: After four years, shock and awe
fzf: More menu-like options, with fuzzy finding
gcal: More power to you
gcalcli: An interface to the cloud
gcp: Seemingly worthy, possibly flawed
gearhead: Saving the best for last
geoiplookup: Another very simple tool
get-flash-videos: TSIA
gi-get.sh: Another nifty script
gif-to-ogv.sh: All GIFs must die
gifsicle: Cool stuff I can’t show
giftcurs: File sharing … I think
giis: The benefit of the doubt
glances: Points for style
glyrc: A music search, for everything but music
gnubg: A better player than I ever will be
gnuchess: My nemesis returns to taunt me
gnuit: Where have you been all my life?
gnupg: Symmetric encryption and decryption
gnuplot: I swear this is a coincidence
gnus: As close as I could get
gnuski: Game time!
go-fish: Let’s finish it off
goldenpod: Again, against my better judgment
gomoku: Average on all counts
google-translate-cli: Mostly because it works
googlecl: Cutting corners with everything Google
gopher: The way things might have been
gplayer: Get loud with the cloud
gpm: And you thought you were mouseless
gramofile: Lovely interface, slightly out-of-date
grc: More colorizing for terminal output
greed: Alluring to some
grep: The time has come
grive: Sync with Google Drive
groff: Typesetting, in any direction
groups: As a courtesy, I include it
gt5: An unusual disk usage monitor
gtorrent-ncurses: Not quite ready for prime time
gtypist: Yes, I know I’m a failure
hangman2: By virtue of alphabetical order
hangman: Wait a little while
haste: Pipe and paste with haste
hdlns: It’s the simple tools that impress most
hdparm: Out of respect for times past
head and tail: Flip a coin
hefur: An exceptionally lightweight tracker
heirloom-mailx: Perhaps it’s time for a change
herrie: Similar, yet different
hexedit: You can guess what it does
hexer: Deja vu — or should I say, 64:65:6a:61:20:76:75
hey: More anti-aliasing
hftirc: A little IRC in C
highlight: Converting code for display
highlighter: Picking out letters, words, phrases
histo: The shape of things to come
hnb: Quick, clever and clean
howdoi: Because the Internet knows more than you
hoz: Speedy, but with quirks
hping: More network novelty
html-xml-utils: A sweet suite
html2ps: You thought it wasn’t possible
html2text: And then there were three
htop: Needs no introduction
httpry: Pry into your traffic
hunspell: A spellchecker with vast dictionary support
hunt: The god of doorways
hwclock: Keeping time with you
ibmonitor: When bandwidth is precious
ical2rem.pl: Bridging the graphical and the textual
id3ed: As close as I may ever get
id3fsd: A clever idea, nearly to fruition
id3tool: Quick tag control
id: Riding the coattails of coreutils
identibash and identicurse: I can give you no guidance
ifstat: The hidden traffic monitor
ifstatus: The semigraphical network monitor, part 2
iftop: The fundamental network monitor
iftopcolor: Please do not feed the bloggers
ii: Maybe on another day
ikog: An extensive to-do list
imagemagick: Graphics, ungraphically
imdbmoviefetcher: I’ll give you three guesses
img2xterm: Dot by dot, block by block
imgcurses: Best of most worlds
info: More information, sometimes
inkscape: Yes, this too has a text-only mode
inotifywait, inotifywatch and incron: A package deal
inxi: Inquiring minds want to know
ionice: It’s nice to be nice to the nice
iotop: In, out, up, down
ipbt: A better replay option
ipcalc and pipcalc: More than a one-letter difference
iperf: Internet performance, as luck would have it
ipsc: The nitty-gritty details
iptables: It’s better if I don’t explain
iptraf-ng: Returning to a classic
iptstate: Top, for iptables
ircII: The classic, as advertised
irmp3 and irmp3-curses: All for naught
irssi: Where you say what you say
ised: Compact power for calculating
ispell: With this, yes you can
isync: Because the cloud is unreliable
iwconfig: Wireless configuration
iwlist: Collecting data
ix: Great name, good tool
j and j2: More fast directory switching
jabber.el: emacs gains another level
jac: From a bygone era
jackmeter: A peak meter for JACK
jailkit: You must punish them, sir
jed: An editor with good behavior
jhead: exif data, again
jn: Almost a victim of seven years of empty-headed blogging
jnettop: Organized network data
joe: In praise of recursive acronyms
john: Again, a tool is just a tool
join: Not everything is perfect
jrnl: Focus, grasshopper
jupp: joe, with an extra shot of caffeine
kbd: So terribly important
khal: A newcomer enters the ring
kibitz: A favorite of backseat drivers
kismet: Too cool for the average tool
kkm: For Debian fans with a wild streak
knockd: Another … “security” tool
knocker: Does what it says
labrea: A cunning name for a sticky trap
lame: How could I have forgotten this?
lastlog: Another brief lookover
lbdb: Looks can be deceiving
ldd: A fairly straightforward troubleshooting tool
leave: Repeat after me, simple is best
ledger: Toward fantastical finances
less: Do more with less
letterize: To answer the burning question of life
levee: Even smaller than the average vi
lexter: Perhaps educational, too
lfm: Mimicking mc?
lft: Traceroute, with potential
lftp: Teaching an old dog to do new tricks
libjpeg-progs: A quick flashback to the L’s
lifelines: A family tree, some assembly required
lilypond: That gray area
linkchecker: Relax your mouse clicker finger
links and lynx: Do things your way
linphone: Deserving of more attention
lltag: Cleverer and cleverer
ln: Your magical shortcut tool
lnav: Better log navigation
locate: A small part of a larger tool
logtailer: Watching the logs in real time
look: A spellchecker at the command line
lsblk, lshw, lsmod, lspci: Hardware, up close and personal
lsp: Think of this as “ls, plus”
luksus: Step-by-step encryption
lumail: You can probably do better
lv-a8280-2012-12-27-ncmpcpp-01
lv-a8280-2012-12-27-ncmpcpp-02
lxdvdrip: If I only had a DVD around here somewhere …
lxsplit: A file splitter for like-minded people
macchanger: Ready for the masquerade
mairix: Starting off rather weakly
man: Man, oh man
mange: The program with a delicate name
markdown: A great idea in action
masterm: A classic recreated
mathomatic: Something looks familiar here
maze.py: One more, just for fun
mbw: A surprising little utility
mcabber: Looking good, in principle
mcdiff, mcedit mcview: Internal tools, externalized
mcdp: Just when I thought I had them all
mcookie: Mmm, cookies!
mcplay: The sincerest form of flattery
md5sum: md5sum is … md5sum
mediainfo: There is none higher
mencoder: mplayer’s less famous cousin
mg: An ultralight emacs, if you can believe it
micro snake and micro tetris: Two tiny games
midicomp: Translate your midi files
mille: A game with history, twice over
mimms: If only I had an mms link around here somewhere
minder: A reminder tool with a touch of cron
minime: The 9.8K text editor
mining-haze: Once glimpsed, now in full view
mjs: Getting better as time goes on
mkfifo: Pipe panjandrum
mktorrent: The old-fashioned way still works
mmv: Nifty, but takes some getting used to
mnemonicode: At long last we meet
moc: And then there was one
moe: A small step closer to a word processor
moon-buggy: Ten years old, and still jumping
moosic: Simpler style, similar results
more: Already shown to be less
moreutils: Exactly what it claims to be
mosh: I see the what, the where, the how … but the why?
most: More than more and less
movgrab: An alternative video grabber
mp32ogg: Deceptively simple
mp3blaster: A classic revisited
mp3burn: Straight to video — I mean, audio
mp3c: And so it begins
mp3cd: Reverse direction, or should be
mp3check: Probably a good one to keep around
mp3convert.py: A very good mass converter
mp3gain: The scientific term
mp3info: The details, plus a little
mp3rename: Rename and organize, in one fell swoop
mp3rename: The ubiquitous function, in its simplest form
mp3report: We’re not even close to finished yet
mp3splt: A rare animal indeed
mp3unicode: Possibly important
mp3val: A simple validation check
mp3wrap: What has been rent asunder shall be forged anew
mpc: A convenient interlude
mpck: Seemingly misnamed
mpg123 and ogg123: Two workhorses
mpgtx: Slicing and dicing, mpegs of all varieties
mplayer and alsaplayer: A text-only twofer
mplayer: At the framebuffer, or without
mps-youtube: All-in-one search, download and play
mpstat: Quickdraw processor statistics
mrzoom: Not really for the underpowered
mtr: The unassuming network tool
mulk: As in, the incredible mulk
multitail: Making logs fun
mussort: A unique music utility
mutella: Looking for signs of life
mutt: Miracle of miracles
mybashburn: Much the same animal
myman: Still a magnificent achievement
naim: Not quite due diligence
nano: We’re number three, we try harder
nast: A feeling of incompleteness
nbtscan: So polite and helpful … and still I am clueless
nbwmon: An ncurses bandwidth monitor, of course
ncdu: You need this tool
ncftp: As the alphabet goes, so go FTP clients
ncmatrix: The original, with a twist
ncmpcpp: The thing with the vertical lines
ncmpy: Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated
ncp: Possibly the easiest yet
ncurses-examples: Hidden gems
ncurses-life: Enjoy the show
ncursesoflife: Manipulate the show
ncxmms2: Similar style, different daemon
ne: A serious challenger to the throne
nemesis: Way, way out of my depth
net-acct: Or is nacctd? Either way, network accounting
net-tools: A pack with some punch
netcat: Every other tool, combined in one
netctl: One for the Archers
nethack: Needs no introduction
nethogs: Network load, by process
netmask: Does … exactly that, I guess
netrik: Almost the ultralight-est
netsed: Does for the ‘net what sed does for …
netselect: The ping tool you always wanted
netstat: Power concedes nothing
nettoe: The fundamental challenge reappears
netwatch: More nifty networking
netwox: A set of 220+ (unwieldy) tools
newsbeuter: A simple and clean news reader
nffm: Shot with a diamond bullet
ngp: Find it and edit it, in one deft motion
ngrep: Does for the ‘net what grep does for …
nice: It’s nice to be nice to the nice again
nikto: Web server testing in brief
ninvaders: Combat in your console
nl: Line numbering, in a variety of ways
nload: Visual, and console-safe
nmap: The grand meister network tool
nmon: A monitor for everything
nn: Success this time
normalize: Three quick tasks, in one tool
nrss: Reaching back through the years
nsnake: In June, there shall be games
nsudoku: An obvious choice
ntop: With special guest star yeahconsole
ntp: Including my favorite, ntpdate
num-utils: This and that, for numbers
numfmt: Saving you a trip to Google
o3read and odt2txt: Converters, by the numbers
octave: Barely scratching the surface
od: Not “overdose” nor “olive drab”
offlineimap: With visible potential
oleo: No joy in Mudville
olive: A “totally sweet” newsreader is right
one: Another attempt at unification
oping: And even better, noping
orpheus: An appealing arrangement
orpie: Or should I say, “Orpie!”
otp: Not as simple as it looks
p0f: An enigmatic network tool
packit: Displaying my ignorance, in pretty lists
pacman4console: The classic, and some madness
pal: By contrast, a step up
pandoc: Let the games begin
par: After pandoc, par for the course
parallel: Working along the same lines
parted: The forgotten partition tool
pass: My favorite password manager
paste: I would vote for a different name
paste: What I thought join would be
pastebinit: As in “pastebin it!”
patch: Piecing together what I should say
pavuk: So very, very close
pbzip2: The luxury of multiprocessing
pcal: Nifty calendars, at a moment’s notice
pdf*: The splat meaning, “Whatever you want”
pdftk: All the others mixed together, and then some
pdmenu: The bane of geek showoffs
peerflix: Straight to video
pente: Another historical rendition
percol: More menu-like options, plus searching and color
perltidy: Picking up the loose ends
petris: A little weak, as Tetris games go
peyote: Tunes for the terminal
phantasia: Old-school role playing
photorec: Taught me something new today
pi: A request from the audience
pianobar: No guidance here either
pico: It’s in there too, it’s just also hiding
pig: Relish the small things in life
pigz: Equality among parallelized compression tools
pilot: It’s in there, it’s just hiding
pinfo: A new viewpoint is always welcome
ping: Everybody wants to be the ping
pip: A tool to save for later
pipes.sh: A little bit of fun
pirate-get: A tool is just a tool
pkgfile: And pacman, for Archers only
pktstat: When you want details
playshell: A very pleasant surprise
pmidi: If a tree falls in the woods
pms: Finally, an enjoyable mpd client
pnscan: A parallel network scanner
podbeuter: The hidden podcast tool
podget: Getting the goods for you
podracer: Not quite the man podget was
polygen: Good clean grammatical fun
pom: Another nifty gimmick
popd and pushd: The original fast directory switching
pork: Going the extra mile
portsentry: Guarding against incoming traffic
powertop: Not just a pretty name
pppstatus: By virtue of past performances
ppt, bcd and morse: Dit dit, daw daw
primes: Ready for primes time!
prips: Print ranges of IP addresses
privoxy: I feel obligated to mention it
procinfo and friends: Become one with your hardware
procmail: May I refer you to someone more knowledgeable?
profanity: An XMPP client for the console, irssi-style
proxychains: Sorry to be of so little help
ps*: The splat meaning, “Whatever you want”
ps2ascii and ps2pdf: In two directions
ps: That other process tool
pssh: Still more parallelized tools
pstree: Simple yet effective
puf: Waiting for its moment to shine
punch: Getting past my prejudices
pure-ftpd: Adventures in the service sector
pv: Why won’t you talk to me?
pwcrypt: On-the-fly password encryption
pwgen: Making it up as you go
pwsafe: Simpler password management
pydf: Disk space, in color
pygments: Because everyone loves color
pyradio: Now that’s different
pysize: Somewhat unusual, somewhat unstable
qalc: qalculate!’s text only version
qnub, djsl and others: Something new to look at
qodem: I was so very wrong
qpdf: Still more PDF wizardry
queso: Use TCP packets to guess OSes
quiz: A most irritating teacher
quote: Stock info at the cli
quvi: Build your own video downloader
r: Might as well start at the beginning
raggle: Yesteryear’s newsreader
rain: An old-school screensaver
rainbow: Color filtering in a different way
ranger: The day has come
rawdog: Trim away the useless bits
rblcheck: Another anti-spam weapon
rcconf: Enjoying the nostalgia
rdfind: Echolocation
rdiff-backup: Mirrored, with increments
rdiffdir: A succinct sync
rdup: Still more backup options
recap: Everything about everything from everything, prepacked
reflector: One more for Archers
regionset: This I can attest to
rename.pl: Many paths to the same destination
rename: The built-in filename sifting tool
renameutils: Underappreciated tools
reptyr: Pull the rug out from under your tty
retawq: Ultralight browsing
rev: skcik rof tsuJ
rexima: Another happy error
rhapsody: A menu-driven interface for IRC
rig: The random identity generator
ripit: For precise, exacting CD conversions
rntools: An unexpected find
robots: Destroy him, my robots
rogue and hack: The emu scored an excellent hit
rot13: Not just greasy kid’s stuff
route: Clean and pretty routing info
rss2email: Almost plain to see
rsstail: One of two possible reactions
rst2pdf: And all its kin
rsync: Needs no introduction
rtcwake and the ghetto alarm clock: Wake up on time
rtorrent: Needs no introduction … again
rubyripper: The options continue to multiply
safecopy: If only I needed something safely copied
saidar: A simple and clean system monitor
sail: Ship-to-ship combat, in amazing detail
sandy: An extremely svelte editor
sar: One small part of a larger suite
saydate and saytime: Hear for yourself
sc: Old as the hills
scalpel: File extraction and recovery
scanlogd: Nothing to see here
scapy: If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance
scp: Simple is best
screen: The granddaddy of terminal multiplexers
screenfetch: Because all the cool kids are doing it
screenify: A tetchy little tool
script: That terminal session recorder you always wanted
scrollz: Fast, friendly and light
sdcv: Local lookup, some assembly required
sed: I wouldn’t dream of explaining it
sendip: Packets and their contents
sentaku: More menu-like options for the cli
seq: Count up, count down
ses: emacs strikes again
setterm: Some minor magic
sh-todo: A simplistic to-do manager
sha* (with sha1pass and shasum): Sha-sha-sha
shell.fm: I can give you no guidance
shellcheck: I should probably keep this around
ship_game: Keeping with the recent theme
shred: A power for good or evil
shuf: Random yet intelligible
shush: Deserves a better attempt than mine
sic: Thusly was it written
siege: Hammer away at your server of choice
simpleburner: Of dubious ability
sipcalc: First prips, now sipcalc
siphon (and ‘Siphon): For simple network transfers
ski: Weird turn-based winter sports strategy
sl: The other sl
sl: Yes, you knew this was coming
slash’em: Nethack, with certain embellishments
slimrat: A slim chance it still works
slocate: All the makings of an intercontinental grudge match
sloccount and sloc2html.py: Because size does matter
slrn: A lovely creature … once configured
slsc: Out of a sense of duty
slsc: Resurrected at long last
slurm: Within one standard deviation
smartmontools: A hard drive’s best friend
snake: Before there was snake, there was snake
snakes: Keeping with the theme
sncli: For cloud-based to-do lists, and more
sniffit: Makes sense to me
snow.sh, snow.py: More weather for you
snownews: Simple and straightforward
sntop: A simple, network kind of top
socat: You want it? socat’s got it
soma.cli: An alternative solution
soma: Done perfectly, in so many ways
sort: Deserves better attention
soundcloud2000: A quick listen
spark: Itty bitty graphs for your terminal emulator
speedometer: An eye on your network
speedtest-cli: Not the answers I wanted
split: And the curse of the asinine defaults
splitvt: Under the most dire of circumstances
sqlite3: I won’t begin to try and explain
ss: A quick dump of socket statistics
ssconvert: An awful lot of baggage
st and st: One for numbers, one for … numbers and letters?
starchart: In case you get lost
stardork: Has all the right ingredients
stats.pl: Voices from the dead
steghide: Naughty, naughty
stty: Adjust the intricate details
style: Similar idea, different direction
stymulator: Every little thing it does is magic
sup: My pet procrastination
surfraw: Yeah, brilliant
surl: No, not “surly.” Just surl
sysv-rc-conf: Going, going, gone
t, ttytter, twidge and more: Text-only Twittermania
t: The shortest possible route
tabview: csv files have never been cooler
tac: Not tic- or -toe either
taipan: A trading game with history
tarman: A fullscreen archive navigator
taskcmd: Let slip the dogs of … command line task organizers
tasknc: These aren’t the droids you’re looking for
taskopen: New ground for taskwarrior
taskwarrior: Send in the next victim
tbclock: Probably the best binary clock
tcat: Just quickly, because it’s fun
tcpdump: Raw data at will
tcpflow: That tool you’ve been looking for
tcpick: A different take on reading network data
tcpkill and tcpnice: Let’s be fair for once
tcpreen: It’s that time again
tcpspy: Another casualty of the times?
tcptrack: Last but definitely not least
tdl: A task organizer in its own right
tdu (and dugroup): I can think of no better title
teachgammon: Short post, long tutorial
teapot: Said the hatter with a sigh, ‘It’s always tea-time. …’
tee: More magic from coreutils
telnet: The fundamental tool for entertainment
termrec, ttyrec, tty2gif and others: Pretty as a picture
termsaver and terminal-screensaver: Peas in a pod
tetris-bsd: Guess where this comes from
textadept: “Adept” is apt
textdraw: For the Caravaggio of the console
textmaze: Let’s call it a game
tgn: The traffic generator
thc-hydra: A network logon cracker
ticker: A different ticker this time
ticker: Glitter for your pre-Pentium III
tidyhtml: Erasing your coding sins
tig: The dream application
time, time and times: Too much time on my hands
timebook and timetrap: Tracking your every effort
timidity++: Miracle of miracles, again
tin: Perhaps a simpler newsreader option
tina: A funky little data arrangement tool
tint: A fast-paced, colorful Tetris
tintin: Your time is now in jeopardy
tinyirc: A contender in the ultralight division
tload: A hidden gadget
tmenu: Just one step away
tnftp: The *BSD counterpart
tnote: An application of note
todo.c: A task organizer with a sense of style
todo.txt: Famous or infamous, you decide
tofu: Working the stack
toilet: Now with color!
top: The cool tool you didn’t know you had
torrentinfo: Torrent information, of course
tpp: Pulling it all together
tr: With a sprinkle of /dev/urandom and head
traceproto, tracepath and tcptraceroute: Triplets
traceroute: Where you’re going and where you’ve been
trafshow: Information and simplicity
transmission-cli: Add this to the list
trash-cli: Would you like a safety net with that?
trek: The game that influenced a million others
trickle: Bandwidth shaping … I think
trn: In spite of my best efforts
truncate: Arbitrarily chopping things off
tty-clock: Taken for granted, for far too long
ttyload: Choosy text-only geeks choose ttyload
ttysolitaire: Your reward for sticking around so long
tudu: The hnb-killer
turses: Again, no guidance
txt2*: A few conversion tools
txt2regex: A regex newbie’s best friend
typespeed: What good is a text editor, if you’re a lousy typist?
uname: Just a simple little tool
uncsv: So much easier than search-and-replace
uniq: The unique solution
unison: An alternative to rsync
units: Arithmetic acrobatics
unp: Boring is not always a bad thing
uppity: Not the last, nor the least, pastebin-ish upload tool
v: Re-edit files quickly with vim
vadorz: A brief interlude to save the Earth
vbackup: A little archive wizardry, for Debian fans
vche: Serious as it gets
vdir: Consult your doctor before beginning this, or any other exercise program
vfu: More space for details
vi and ex: As required by law or custom
vifm: The name should tell you everything
vilistextum: Stripping out the code
vim: Don’t start celebrating just yet
vimpc: Another vi-ish music player
vimwiki: The reason, in due season
vit: That full-screen interface I promised
vitetris: Pick of the litter
vitunes: vi fans, rejoice!
vlock: The simplest screensaver I know
vnstat: Network logging over time
vtclock: Yes, one more console clock can’t hurt
vux: Playing the odds, against all odds
w2do: What to do, at the cli
w3m: This is not an April Fools joke
w: Plus a little rant
wajig: Unite the clans!
wanderlust: emacs plus e-mail equals … emailcs?
warcarrier: Looks good, almost works
watchfile.sh: Perhaps the best thus far
wavemon: A proper wireless tool
wc: Is there anything it can’t count?!
wcalc: A calculator with a conventional appeal
wdiff, cwdiff and dwdiff: Since I mentioned it. …
weather, weathercli and weatherman: Whither the weather?
weatherspect: Edutainment, I suppose
weechat: Word-of-mouth testimonials
wendy: Under wendy’s watchful eye
wget: And that which wget begot
wgetpaste: A healthy collection of features
whatis, whereis and which: In moments of indecision
when: A sleeper hit for the median demographic
whistle: On the right track, not yet at full speed
who and whoami: Two more quick Five Ws
whohas: A good idea, in theory
whois: Accuracy, brevity, clarity
wicd-curses: Get yourself connected
wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage: The clever twins
woof: The simple single file server
wordgrinder: Same as it ever was
workbone: I happily announce that I was wrong
worklog: Work on, work done, work sum, work today
worm, worms, wtf and wump: bsd-games takes over
wput: The same, just in reverse
wtime: The laconic task tracker
wv: From Word to whatever
wyrd: Putting a face on remind
xargs: Obviously first
xaric: The simple client with pretty colors
xcplay: A more immediate interface
xidel: Taking away the pain of XML
xlhtml and ppthtml: Not only Word needs converting
xmlstarlet: A superstar for XML
xorcurses: In the classic puzzle style
xprobe2: What’s it running … probably?
yacpi: Maybe more useful to you than me
yagtd: For getting things done
yahoo-group-grabber: The winter of our discontent
yaourt: In the interest of parity
yapet: Oh, what a difference three years makes
yaydl, yougrabber and youtube-viewer: Batting 333
yersinia: Points awarded for style
yetris: Get those thumbs ready
yfklog: A text-only ham radio log
yokadi: A task database, of sorts
youtube-dl: A starting point
ysm: At the end of the day
ytree: A slightly different file manager
z and z: A tale of two z’s
zerofree: An odd little utility
zile: A lighter, cleaner emacs
zivot: Still not the great game of ‘Life
znake: Deja vu, and yet not
zonecheck: Check your zone, friend
ztrack: A primitive 3D racing game
{hacker,reddit}-top: Monitoring at your pleasure

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